We’re pleased to announce that a team of six English operators will be travelling to Ghana in March 2017 and will operate on all modes as 9G5X using three Elecraft K3 and KPA-500 stations. We already have the 9G5X licence in hand and believe this is the first single letter suffix issued to a 9G DXpedition.
We will have two Spiderbeams up high on the hotel roof for HF, a variety of LF aerials using 18m and 12m Spiderpoles, plus two Beverage RX antennas for 160 and 80m. The operating QTH is approximately 1,000 ft a.s.l., with a clear take off to EU, NA and Asia, all set in 5 acres of sloping grounds. We will be QRV on all bands 160m to 10m and active on CW, SSB and RTTY.
The experienced operating team, which includes three of the recent C5X DXpedition crew members, is as follows:
- Alan Ibbetson, G3XAQ
- Steve Wilson, G3VMW
- Fred Handscombe, G4BWP
- Bob Henderson, 5B4AGN
- Iain Kelly, M0PCB
- Neil Clarke, G6MC
This is a fly-in, fly-out operation and is entirely self-funded. We will not be asking for donations and our aim is to activate a semi-rare country for the sheer fun of it. There is a reliable 3G Internet connection at the operating site and we hope to upload logs to Clublog at least twice every day.
9G5X will have the Clublog Leaderboard function turned ‘on’, and we encourage everyone to work us on as many bands and modes as possible. We all enjoy pile-ups and we will always work split-frequency, but endeavour to keep the pile-up spread as narrow as possible.
Our QSL Manager, Charles Wilmott, M0OXO will upload logs to LoTW on a daily basis. Charles will offer OQRS facilities for 9G5X cards, either direct or via the Bureau.